The first 4 days after having a tummy tuck is no joke. You need lots of help and don't be afraid of narcotics because it HURTS. I used delaudid and oxycotin alternating. I needed the delaudid for about a week and then switched to just oxycotin. I was off the narcotics by the end of week 2 and just taking Tylenol. Honestly I can't even remember the pain six months later because it's all worth it.
This procedure for me, was more of a relief than feeling like I could rock a bikini. Relief that I could buy clothes again and tuck my shirt in to my pants at work. Relief that I wasn't always trying to hid under clothes. Now I did rock a bikini for the first time in long time and it felt great, but being a woman, you'll always find something else to nit pick. I'm headed back for smart lipo to the back flanks.